Tuesday, July 22, 2014

In this week's Baltimore City Paper, I wrote a few things, including a review of Young Moose's mixtape Out The Mud 2, a Rap Sheet column (with news about the Baltimore Crown Awards, Lonnie Moore and Skarr Akbar), and The Short List. I also wrote The Short List in last week's paper but didn't post a link because it never ended up online.

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Friday, July 11, 2014

In this week's Baltimore City Paper, I wrote  BPM column about new club music releases by James Nasty and Mighty Mark, and also wrote The Short List as usual.

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Wednesday, July 02, 2014

In this week's Baltimore City Paper, I wrote a feature about Femi The DriFish & The Out of Water eXperience, who just released a live album.

Also, as usual, I wrote The Short List in this week's issue.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

I wrote about Baltimore rapper Mike C.'s song "New Shoes" for WAMU's Bandwidth site.

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Friday, June 13, 2014

This weekend Strictly Hip-Hop is doing a 24-hour broadcast for its 24th anniversary, I wrote a blog post for the Baltimore City Paper to get the word out.

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Friday, June 06, 2014

Derrick Jones, better known as OOH (or Yo Slick), passed away this week, and I had the difficult task of writing his obituary for the Baltimore City Paper. I had seen his group Brown F.I.S.H. several times over the last 12 years and interviewed him in 2011, but I didn't know him like countless other people around here did. He was an incredibly generous, kind, smart guy who made great music and did a lot of amazing things in education and youth outreach in Baltimore. Talking to his bandmate Jahiti and going to the vigil and seeing the outpouring of grief this week has really been moving and overwhelming, and I hope I did that justice with my article. He will be missed.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

In this week's City Paper, I wrote The Short List and a Rap Sheet column, both featuring a lot of upcoming hip hop shows in Baltimore, including Eze Jackson at this weekend's Baltimore Indie Fest.

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

I wrote about the new Height With Friends track "Roxanne Returns (The War Continues)" on WAMU's Bandwidth site.

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

In this week's Baltimore City Paper, I wrote a BPM dance music column and The Short List.

I should note, by the way, that I started Government Names 10 years ago this week. It feels odd to say, but starting a blog really was a life-changing decision for me that has had a huge impact on the last decade of my life. Shout out to Dylan.

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

I wrote about Tate Kobang's great new mixtape Crown Of Thorns for the Baltimore City Paper's Noise blog.

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

I recently began contributing to the Washington, D.C. radio station WAMU 88.5's site Bandwidth, and this week I posted "Wine & Cheese," a great new song by the Baltimore rappers Greenspan, Ellis and Rome Cee. I also recently profiled Greenspan and Ellis for the Baltimore City Paper.

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

I posted on the City Paper's Noise blog about #Letspushthebutton, a new mixtape featuring Ogun, Los, Starrz and a ton of other Baltimore rappers.

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Tuesday, April 08, 2014

In this week's Baltimore City Paper, I wrote a Rap Sheet column (about D. King, J Who? Worldwise, E-Dubble, Bink Baghdad and more) and The Short List.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

I wrote a few things in this week's Baltimore City Paper:

- An interview with Prodigy of Mobb Deep, who are performing at Baltimore Soundstage on Sunday and releasing their new album next week (funnily enough, last time Mobb Deep put out an album in 2006, I interview Havoc for The Hook-Up Magazine).

- A BPM dance music column with news about Say Wut, DJ Pierre, and the Club Mnemonic event this week at The Crown.

- The Short List, with a bunch of other good shows happening in Baltimore over the next week.

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Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Last year, I was contacted by the Oxford University Press about authoring a reference article about Baltimore Club Music for the Oxford African American Studies Center, as part of a series of updates dealing with Baltimore.  The article was finally published in February, and although it's generally conceived as a reference work for students, they have made the article available to the public here (the link won't last forever, but if anyone ever wants it put back up after it expires, let me know). It was really an honor to be asked to do this and to try and bring my knowledge about this subject to an academic setting and put it in a larger cultural context.


Friday, February 21, 2014

In my first article for Noisey, I tracked down Semi, known for putting 6 second raps on Vine, in Edgewood, Maryland for his first interview ever.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

In this week's Baltimore City Paper, I wrote a Rap Sheet column, with news about Rome Cee and others, and The Short List.

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Tuesday, February 04, 2014

I wrote The Short List and my dance music column BPM in this week's Baltimore City Paper.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

I wrote a feature in the Baltimore City Paper about Greenspan and the album he released this week.

Also wrote The Short List this week as usual.

(photo by J.M. Giordano)

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

I wrote about DJ AngelBaby's new Baltimore club mix Get Pumped, Vol. 2 for the City Paper's Noise blog.

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